Jim Rutt on radical intellectual honesty & the Game~B organisation
In this episode...
James speaks with Jim Rutt about how organisational cultural change happens, why radical intellectual honesty is so important, and the emerging new ‘social operating system’ called Game~B. Jim Rutt is a serial technology entrepreneur and complexity thinker, and host of The Jim Rutt Show podcast.
Who is Jim Rutt?
Jim Rutt is the host of the Jim Rutt Show podcast series. He is former Chairman of the Santa Fe Institute. The New York Times once referred to him as “the Internet’s bad boy” due to his reputation for creative mischief. He was CEO of Network Solutions, which operated the .com, .net, and .org domain namespaces on the Internet, which he sold at the peak of the Dot Com boom. Jim was the first Chief Technology Officer of Thomson-Reuters, and was Chairman of the computer chip design software company Analog Design Automation until its acquisition by Synposis in 2004. Previously Jim either founded or played a key role in several significant information services and network companies including The Sourced, THE SOURCE, Business Research Corp., and First Call.
He was Researcher in Residence at the Santa Fe Institute from 2002 to 2004, studying the application of complexity science to financial markets, and evolutionary artificial intelligence. He was Executive Producer of the awarding winning film "Zombiewood." He is a co-founder of the Staunton Makerspace, a membership maker shop and hacker space. Jim is currently a Santa FE Institute Research Fellow working in the scientific study of consciousness and evolutionary artificial intelligence. Jim received his B.S. degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and is a member of MIT's Visiting Committee for the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences. Jim is also a key thinker within the Game~B universe and convener of the online Game~B community.
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A few things you’ll learn about in this episode
- Why organisations that don’t operate at 100% radical intellectual honesty are running sub-optimally by definition
- How physics and complexity science can help us think about culture as a ‘basin of attraction’.
- Why brute force culture change could be appropriate in some contexts, and totally wrongheaded in others.
- That successful entrepreneurs are necessarily good at navigating complexity, and why organisations need to cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets.
- How the Game~B community is working on a new ‘social operating system’, and what it means for organisations.
Stuff we referred to
- The Jim Rutt Show
- Santa Fe Institute
- Santa Fe Institute Applied Complexity program
- The Story of Game~B (with Jim Rutt and Bret Weinstein) on Rebel Wisdom
- In search of the 5th attractor: Complexity science thinking about real change for the better
- Game~B community
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Organisational culture, culture change, radical intellectual honesty, Santa Fe Institute, complexity, human resources, basin of attraction, the fifth attractor, distributed decision making, horizontal communication, applied complexity, entrepreneurial mindset, Game~B, Game~B organisation, hybrid cooperative, fitness landscape, strategic audit, culture as protocol, role-based leadership, employee ownership
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